Rep. Ami Bera dropped by, while we opined about California’s collective back-sliding on water conservation, and Erika D. Smith became enthralled by Elon Musk and Boeing’s in a race to reach Mars. Donald Trump, meanwhile, tried to pronounce Nevada. Coming Sunday, our recommendations on the death penalty initiatives, Propositions 62 and 66.
Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, seeking his third term and visiting The Bee seeking an endorsement, said that given the partisan makeup of his Elk Grove-Folsom area district, it’d be a 52-48 percent spread if he had no opponent. Given that he’s facing Republican Sacramento County Scott Jones, the Nov. 8 election could be tighter.
Bera said he expects Republicans will hold onto the House, but sees opportunity for legislative success for moderate Democrats because he thinks Speaker Paul Ryan wants to run for president in 2020. Ryan either will be “held hostage like John Boehner by the far right, the Freedom Caucus, that’s an oxymoron,” or he’ll deal.
“I don’t think he can run for president from that perspective,” Bera said. “So then is he willing to lose those 50 or 60 votes and find 50 or 60 Democrats who are willing to cross the aisle?” Bera is thinking of transit funding, and deals on student loan relief and health care. Wouldn’t it be nice.
Take a number: 30
As The Take reported Thursday, Mickey Edwards and Tom Coleman, Republicans who served in Congress for a combined 33 years ending in 1993, issued a call on their colleagues to sign a letter denouncing Donald Trump as unfit to serve as president. Later on Thursday, Edwards and Coleman released a list of 30 former Republican members of Congress who lent their names to the letter. No big surprises from California: Tom Campbell, formerly of Palo Alto, Steve Kuykendall of Palos Verdes, and Pete McClosky, formerly of San Mateo and now a Capay Valley olive farmer. McCloskey and Kuykendall are retired Marines. Trump had his own Vietnam.
Editorial: Time to stop the backsliding on California’s water conservation, and restore the mandates imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Erika D. Smith: Never fear! SpaceX will save us from Donald Trump.
Ben Boychuk calls out the California Teachers Association for what he calls a misguided crusade against charter schools: CTA fails critical thinking test on charter schools.
Jeff Clements and Derek Cressman advocate for Proposition 59, the advisory measure to pressure Congress to overturn Citizens United: Californians can send a strong message against big money in politics. The two state legislators who signed the official ballot argument against Prop. 59 declined to write an op-ed for their position.
John J. Donohue: Be skeptical about claims of benefits of concealed carry permits.
George Runner: Marijuana tax revenue hopes could go up in smoke.
Stephanie Taylor: California Sketches takes a look at Rio Vista’s Main Street.
San Diego Union Tribune: The desultory debate between Senate hopefuls Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez led to some social media gripes about the state’s top-two law. But the larger picture shows that the top-two law has moderated California’s politics.
Riverside Press Enterprise: An impressive first term of representing his district – and the entire state as Republican leader – easily earns Chad Mayes our endorsement for a second term.
The Atlantic: For the third time in its history, The Atlantic has endorsed in a presidential race. The other times were to support Abraham Lincoln and to oppose Barry Goldwater.
Heather Wilhelm, National Review: Desperate Republicans pretend that their presidential nominee is not who he is.
Charles Krauthammer: President Barack Obama’s legacy is crumbling.
Eugene Robinson: The vice-presidential debate left me wanting less.
Michael Gerson: Drawing hope from the heart of suffering.
Dana Milbank: The de-Reaganization of the Republican Party.
Nicholas Kristof: The blot on Barack Obama’s legacy.
Gail Collins: Who’s sorry now?
Tweets of the day
“Amazing to think GOP WH nominee is speaking in Nevada’s largest city and only GOP elected here is little-known assemblyman.” –Jon Ralston @RalstonReports.
Ralston also tweeted his amusement-offense at Trump’s mispronunciation of Ne-VAH-duh, as he instructed the crowd on the proper pronunciation of Nevada.
And how Trump called The Las Vegas Review Journal, owned by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, “great.” And how columnist Wayne Root of the Las Vegas Review Journal, aka The Adelson News, was introduced as “top surrogate” for Trump. “And he gets a column!”